11 Essential Elements To Have In Your Mudroom
A mudroom is essential in a home. Often overlooked for reasons of space, this room doesn’t have to be big. Even a tiny space can keep together soiled shoes and clothes, umbrellas, winter coats, and other garments that find no place elsewhere in the house.
No matter how tiny it is, a mudroom has to be functional. But which are the elements to include in such a space? Here’s a list of the 11 mudroom elements I consider essential.
1. Low Maintenance Flooring
The construction of a mudroom starts with the flooring, which has to be resistant and low-maintenance. A mud room is essentially used to take off dirty shoes and wet clothes that could spoil your living areas. And all the water and mud on the garments may end up on the mudroom’s floor.
What all these materials have in common is that they are resistant, long-lasting, and easy to clean. Just mop your floors to make them shiny clean.
I wouldn’t recommend hardwood flooring in a mudroom no matter how much you like the material. If you’re fond of the hardwood’s aesthetics, there are many ceramic tiles that mimic the wood effect. This solution could be a great compromise between aesthetics and functionality.
2. Slip-Resistant Floor Mat
Another thing a mud room needs is a slip-resistant mat. You’ll use it to scrape mud off your shoes, to avoid making a mess.
In theory, all entrance mats could do, but a non-slip version minimizes slip hazards due to its properties. This is important because water leaking under the mat can easily make it slip when you step on it. Useless to say that slipping can result in injuries.
A mudroom is a space designed to accommodate dirty shoes, umbrellas, and overcoats. But you’ll probably use it for much more than this. Many homeowners use the mudroom to store slippers, shoes, jackets and coats, accessories, and more.
Having sufficient shelves to store all these items adds versatility to your mudroom. At the same time, you’ll have easy access to all essentials.
To keep the environment organized, the best thing is to designate a shelf for each object. For instance, you can keep purses and bags on one shelf, summer shoes on another, and so on.
Seating in a mudroom is not really essential, but it’s nice to have. You can use a bench or a stool, a stylish accent chair and even a small sofa. Regardless of your choice, you’ll have a clear space where to rest while taking shoes on and off.
To maximize storage, most benches double as storage boxes with lids. Just keep in there anything you might not use on a daily basis.
5. Shoe Storage Areas
It may seem obvious, but you’ll be surprised how many mudrooms actually lack this feature. Shoe storage areas can be anything, from shelves and cubbies to dedicated chests or supports. Modern solutions include shoe hangers which combine functionality with minimalism.
Again, to keep things organized, use separate shoe storage areas for dirty shoes and clean shoes.
A mud room may look like a walk-in closet but it certainly needs a real one. Choose a piece of furniture large enough to accommodate the clothes and accessories of all members of the family.
Remember that each person in the house needs a personal private space where to store outdoor gear, shoes, and clothes. This will not only prevent confusion but it will also make each member of the household feel valued and important.
Instead of a closet, you can even choose separate lockers. This solution is ideal to use in rented shared apartments – in this way, no one will be able to go through your stuff.
7. Hooks Or Hangers
Hangers are essential for many reasons. They can hold your jacket or coat, a towel, umbrellas, and many other things.
Just like in a bathroom or kitchen, hooks and hangers have a clear functionality and they are never enough.
8. Laundry Area
Now, arranging a laundry area in the mudroom is not quite the norm. But it’s useful and functional. Just think about it. You get home on a rainy day, all soaked up. Walk in your mud room, open the closet, pick clean and cozy clothes, take off the soiled ones, and dump them in the washing machine.
A dryer can seamlessly dry your clothes as soon as the washing cycle is over. And you won’t have to fear about getting your living area dirty.
Besides, a laundry area in the mudroom can maximize space in a tiny house or apartment, which is another great reason to consider it.
9. Pet Corner
Pets are family for most of us. The issue is they get dirty too when walking outdoors. The easiest way to make sure no soiled paws get on your sofa is to arrange a pet corner in the mudroom. There are a few essentials you should consider for this space.
First, make sure you keep sanitizing wipes in this corner. Use them to wipe your furry baby’s paws when coming in from a walk.
A pet towel is another essential element, to dry the pet’s fur if a rain caught you. Make sure your dog also has a designated area where you can keep its leash and outfits.
In a tiny house, use this corner to hold the pet’s food too, including the food and water bowls. The kitty’s litter can also find its place in this room.
10. Service Sink
A service sink is as useful as the washing machine. The sink is used mostly to clean dirty shoes and boots without making a mess in the bathroom, but you can also use it for alternative purposes.
If a sink wasn’t enough, another element I consider essential in a mudroom is the shower. A small walk-in model occupies a very small place but it allows you to wash off any mud or dirt before getting into your home.
The idea might seem strange, but the truth is this is one of the most useful elements to have in this space.
To avoid the growth of mold and to prevent condensation, paint the mudroom with a breathable product and make sure the room has proper ventilation.
A mudroom is an essential and functional space that can merge a closet with a laundry and shower all in one. All homes need such a space, either it’s a small area near the entrance or a large room that serves this purpose.
The elements above not only organize your space, but they add versatility and functionality. Of course, you can furnish and decorate the mudroom in any way you like, and I agree that there are many other elements you can include.
Now, I’d like to hear from you. Let me know which are the elements in this list your mudroom already has? Would you consider adding the others? Why? Or why not? Are there any other elements you consider essential in a mudroom but which are not on this list? Feel free to add them. I look forward to reading your comments!